From the Desk of Local 1000 Board Chair Bill Hall
As part of our plan to strengthen union power at SEIU Local 1000, last week was packed with meetings to develop and move our membership and contract programs forward.
Membership Development Program
- Our biweekly department directors meeting focused on training
and coaching with communications to develop our external
messaging for our upcoming campaign. We also concentrated on
developing the professional polling tools that we will use to
reach both members and nonmembers to build our understanding as
we develop our member outreach program.
- On Thursday, we worked on development of the Wednesday member off program. Our Strategic Campaign meeting hosted our group report backs, with a focus on early identification and resolution of issues.
Contract campaign and DLC Tour
- On Monday, we worked on our Union Leave Process and planned
for our July 28 Contract Campaign Kickoff Event at our SEIU Local
1000 headquarters in Sacramento.
- On Wednesday, we continued planning for the Monday, July 18 Board of Directors meeting before moving to planning the statewide DLC tour for myself and the three Vice Presidents.
- At the request of Irene Green, our Vice President for
Bargaining, I spent Friday preparing for the SBAC, catching up on
emails, and attending an afternoon meeting with the Resource
- Additionally, we met with the Policy File Committee to review current issues in our policy file and determine next steps. The committee is addressing work on motions, and the positive nature of the group and willingness to tackle this work is greatly appreciated.
Finally, we identified a new waiver in the student loan
forgiveness benefit program called Public Service Loan
Forgiveness (PSLF) that has the potential to save Local 1000
workers tens of thousands of dollars after ten years of payments
on certain student loans. As government employees, State workers
may automatically qualify, as well as workers at certain
nonprofits. Importantly, a temporary change in rules means
borrowers may receive credit for past periods of repayment that
would otherwise not qualify for PSLF, but this waiver expires on
October 31. So, be sure to check if this limited PSLF
waiver can help you with your student loan debt.
Thank you for your support.
William (Bill) Hall
Board Chair, SEIU Local 1000